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Hood & Strong Reviews

Updated May 22, 2014
Updated May 22, 2014
7 Reviews

3.9
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to learn and Grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Nice people
    Great training
    Awesome Clients
    Room to move up in the firm
    Good benefits and pay

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on making the firm a great place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Staff  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great people, solid training, good place to learn and grow

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in the future

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great clients, nice people, great benefits, partners know you and want you to do well.

    Cons

    It's public accounting so sometimes you are working longer hours during busy season but compared to most larger firms it's not too bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep mentoring staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning opportunities but too much politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great CPE and technical support on accounting and auditing topics
    Fast pace - you're not stuck working on 1 section of the BS/IS for weeks or months
    Audit and Tax departments are completely segregated

    Cons

    Majority of clients are NFP
    Poor management skills from managers and partners
    Job selections, promotions and job evaluations are biased
    Absolutely no work/life balance
    Work long hours for low pay
    Not enough time to complete audit assignments
    Staff turnover is too high
    Too much in-house fighting among colleagues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, it was not the greatest experience working at H&S. Management needs to recognize the hard work their employees put in, allow enough time to complete jobs and set aside enough time to finish the backlog of clients on their desks. This is probably unlikely since most of the clients are NFPs and are always seeking to lower the fee which leads to less time to finish the audit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great clients, excellent opportunities to grow, strong team environment

    Cons

    Wish they had more after hours activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep mentoring staff

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Interesting Not for profit client portfolio
    Small firm so there are more opportunities to standout if you are a top performer

    Cons

    Not so much of work/life balance
    Working a lot to complete various audits at the same time
    Staff turnover at each assignment was higher

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people from within. Also provide feedback more regularly. Establish professional and development goals for employees so they can see and measure their performance

    Recommends
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating experience. Communication from management is limited and expectations are not always based on reality.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit
    Former Employee - Audit

    Pros

    Average pay and good benefits
    Very friendly clients
    Good access to continued education and resources for audit and accounting research and support

    Cons

    -Constantly cutting time budgets and length of time allowed in the field while increasing the amount/quality of work to be performed.
    -No work/life balance
    -No clear pathways of communication to resolve issues
    -Several managers and partners with a serious deficiency in management / communication skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect is a two way street.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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